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U.S. Eyes TikTok Ban, Risks Global Speech Stance

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The U.S., known for championing free speech, is eyeing a ban on TikTok, the hit app from China’s ByteDance. Experts caution this could inspire authoritarian censorship and weaken America’s global free speech stance.

The U.S. debate on TikTok has heated up, with bipartisan backing for a ban if its Chinese owners don’t sell off. The White House, worried about China accessing U.S. data, supports these steps.

Experts warn a TikTok ban could impact more than cybersecurity. “It infringes on free speech and tells authoritarian regimes that controlling information is okay,” says Jameel Jaffer of the Knight First Amendment Institute.

Critics point out the U.S.’s double standard. It has condemned countries like China for internet censorship. “A TikTok ban could undermine the U.S.’s stance on internet freedom globally,” says a Quincy Institute analyst.

The ACLU criticizes the House’s TikTok ban as a First Amendment breach for millions. “Leaders are trading our rights for political gain,” says ACLU’s Jenna Leventoff.

The TikTok ban looms as U.S.-China tech tensions rise. The U.S. has targeted Chinese tech firms over security fears. Experts caution a ban could prompt Chinese retaliation, disrupting global tech and innovation.

The world is watching as the U.S. TikTok decision could reshape internet freedom and digital expression worldwide.

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